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All -ready, -right, -together

May 2011
Spot the Error

Not wanting to appear all together ill-mannered, the kindergartner timidly asked his teacher, “If I’ve already learned my A-B-Cs, is it alright if I read?”

The sentence above actually has two errors, and, as you’ve probably guessed, they pertain to the “all” words—all together, already, and alright. To figure out which ones are incorrect, let’s take a look at the variations:

  • altogether – wholly or thoroughly (Except for the use of colors, the two logos were altogether different.)
  • all together – in one place or at one time (When the children are all together, we can begin the game.)
  • already – previously (There’s no need to feed the dog; Casey already did it.)
  • all ready – entirely prepared (Are we all ready to go?)
  • alright – this is not a word
  • all right – correct spelling of alright

So, in the “kindergartner” sentence above, the incorrect words are all together and alright. That’s all there is. We’re alfinished.

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